Walking Around Downtown Cebu

As I have mentioned before, in our trip to Cebu,we didn’t hire any tourist guide, or a city guide (even if it was offered to us by the cashier at the inn we were staying at), I knew that it will be more costly and we will have to spend a limited number of time in looking around the tourist spots. So here is my short guide to walking around downtown Cebu. πŸ™‚

Hire a cab, and ask the driver to drop you off at Fort San Pedro. From our hotel, it cost around P80 ($2), so it will depend on where you are staying at. πŸ™‚ So just pay the driver, and that’s the starting point of your walk around down town Cebu. πŸ™‚

stop 1, fort san pedro :)

Fort San Pedro is said to be the smallest fort in the country, built in 1738. When you get in there, just Β stay on the right path. πŸ™‚ You’ll understand what I’m saying better when you get there. πŸ™‚ You can go around the fort in less than an hour, it’s small and triangular in shape, and that’s stop #1 for down town Cebu. πŸ™‚

After Fort San Pedro you can see Malacanang of the South, and yes, it’s just a few minutes away. πŸ™‚

Our next destination was the Sto. Nino Basilica, it’s around 2 blocks away from Fort San Pedro, around 10-20 minute walk to get there. πŸ™‚


Stop #2 :)

Mom and I probably spent a lot of time here at the Basilica. πŸ™‚ Our first stop was at the museum, and it’s a definite stop if you are going to the basilica. Inside was the collection of costumes that the Santo Nino wore, and relics of saints, and of Mary, yes you read that right, relic of Mother Mary, was surprised and was tearing up when I saw that as well.

After going around the little museum, mom and I went shopping for pasalubong at the shop there. A lot of Nino’s and other religious stuff as well. After which, mom and I went inside the church and we lined up to see the actual Nino. πŸ™‚ Pretty long line, but it was okay. πŸ™‚ And we also spent some time inside the church, try to look up and you’ll see some amazing paintings. πŸ™‚

Stop #3 was just a few steps away from the basilica, and yes, it’s Magellan’s Cross. πŸ™‚ I actually thought that it was as in large, but it’s a cross, the amazing part was the painting that you can see when you look up,very detailed and just amazing. πŸ™‚

stop #3 :)

After Stop #3 we then, again, walked around and we got to the Metropolitan Church and we passed by Casa Gorordo Museum, but mom didn’t want to go in, so we continued walking, and we shopped for pasalubong at le Shamrock. πŸ™‚

shamrock :D

Best buys at le shamrock:

  1. Baked Polvoron – trust me on this, this is awesome. It’s your typical polvoron, aha, but it’s baked, so no messy eating left overs, and there’s this distinct yum factor, must try. πŸ™‚
  2. Dried Mangoes- don’t buy at the airport, the price there is just triple the price at le shamrock. πŸ™‚
  3. Otap- of course, one of the best buys.:)
  4. Peanut Kisses
  5. Mango Puree – yum!
We again, walked and walked and we passed by the Heritage of Cebu. πŸ™‚

Heritage of Cebu

This monument shows some of the key events that took place in Cebu, it was inaugurated last December 2000. And just across it was our last stop for our tour in downtown Cebu is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. πŸ™‚

Stop #5 :D

The most remarkable thing here is that everything is very well preserved. πŸ™‚ The house is said to be built around 1700, at first glance we didn’t notice the ancestral house at all, but with me asking every 5 minutes or so, we eventually got there. πŸ™‚

We spent around P300($7-8) for food and transportation, and P2000 for pasalubong. So instead of spending P2000 in just renting a van or a cab for the tour at downtown Cebu, we spent P2300 for food, a cab, and pasalubong. πŸ™‚

If you do plan to go to the Taoist Temple, perhaps you can do it separately, it’s far from downtown Cebu and it might be a bit costly. So go for a tour around Downtown Cebu first and then plan your Taoist Temple trip plus lunch/dinner at Larsian and then go for the extreme rides at Crown Regency. πŸ™‚


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